November 2020 – MacAdmins Meeting

November 2020 – MacAdmins Meeting

November 18th, 2020 – University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting


The University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting is held monthly at the Marriott Library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 11 AM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. This month’s meeting will be held on Wed, November 18th, 2020 at 11 AM MT and we will provide live broadcasts and archives that will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting. If you have suggestions on presentations, questions, or comments, please use the Contact Us option.

Provisioning Apple Mobile Devices with iMazing 
– By Gregorio Zanon, DigiDNA

We’ll pick up where my colleague Ari left off, with iMazing Profile Editor. We’ll show how IPE integrates with iMazing, allowing for a quick and straightforward iteration process when designing and testing configuration profiles. We’ll then move on to our new configuration and provisioning automation tool, iMazing Configurator. We’ll introduce iMazing Configurator’s blueprints-based workflow and demonstrate the deployment of a blueprint to multiple devices simultaneously. To conclude, we’ll highlight a few key differences between iMazing and Apple Configurator, notably regarding app management, backups, and supervised pairing. iMazing Enterpris is a license designed for small to medium-sized institutions,. It offers unrestricted commercial use of iMazing to up to 100 users in your organization. iMazing Configurator is a powerful tool designed to help sysadmins configure and provision fleets of Apple mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. It supports defining advanced blueprints, which can encapsulate a vast array of settings and actions, configured within a polished and readable interface, and configure devices in bulk and simultaneously.

iMazing CLI (Command Line Interface) is the most exhaustive command line interface for advanced interaction with iOS devices and backups. File transfer, data extraction, backup/restore, update iOS and more features are all fully scriptable. The CLI tool is compatible with macOS and Windows and can be deployed in any environment easily.

imazing --device-erase --udid <device id> --confirm
imazing --device-update-os --udid <device id>
imazing --backup-restore --udid <device id> --backup-path /iOS-Backups/MyBackup
imazing --device-install-app --udid <device id> --source-path /iOS-Apps/MyApp.ipa
imazing --device-fs-copy-to-device --udid <device id> --bundle-id com.MyCompany.MyApp --source-path "/Docs/MyDoc.pdf" --target-path /Documents
imazing --device-shutdown --udid <device id>

About Gregorio Zanon
Gregorio originally trained as a classical musician. After obtaining a Bachelor’s in composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he spent the next decade writing instrumental music for various European pianists, ensembles, and orchestras.  When Apple released the iPad in 2010, Gregorio immediately saw its musical potential and started studying software development. In the following years, he released on the App Store a live improvisation instrument for networked iPhones and iPads, uPhase+, and built the first real-time audio framework for the Unity Engine, G-Audio. Indie darling game Mini Metro made great use of the framework, winning an IGF “Excellence in Audio” award in 2016. Gregorio joined DigiDNA as an iOS developer on FileApp in 2013. A couple of years later, he started working on DigiDNA’s flagship iOS device manager iMazing. His contributions to iMazing have included the backup versioning engine, as well as substantial parts of the native macOS and Windows UI. Today, Gregorio co-leads DigiDNA. He is proud to play an active part in the team’s mission: to develop polished and accessible tools that extend Apple’s ecosystem, whilst respecting core values of privacy and data ownership.

  • Video – To view the archived presentation video, click here.


Outlook Automation, Management & Troubleshooting – By Paul Bowden, Microsoft

Microsoft Outlook is arguably the most popular email app on the Mac in commercial and higher education environments. From the heydays of Entourage through to New Outlook, it’s always been important to provide an uncluttered reliable experience for users. Paul will talk about what MacAdmins can do to simplify setup and pre-configure preferences – and then dive under the hood to talk about strategies for troubleshooting, reporting, and automation for New Outlook.

About Paul Bowden
Paul Bowden is an engineer on the Office for Mac team at Microsoft. Based out of Redmond, WA, Originally from Oxford, England, Paul has been with the company for 23 years and is a regular contributor to the MacAdmins community.

  • Video – To view the archived presentation video, click here.


Mac Exploit Detection & Remediation – By Dan Griggs, cmdSecurity

Join cmdReporter’s founder and technical lead Dan Griggs for a computer-side chat about why and how security compliance is quickly becoming mandatory, the power of cmdReporter’s proprietary macOS telemetry, and challenges facing macOS security tools in general.cmdReporter is a macOS-only compliance and security telemetry tool that is zero-impact, augments MDM software, and provides unprecedented insight into exactly how macOS is operating. All of this data is streamed directly and in real-time to nearly any analysis server. Image

About Dan Griggs
Dan has been an enterprise macOS sysadmin for over a decade during which time he has deployed thousands of macs for some of the most secure organizations in the world including The Pentagon for the office of the secretary of defense. He also wrote the first STIG security benchmark for both macOS 10.8 and iOS 5. He has most recently created the new CMMC benchmarks for the macOS security project to be released in a few weeks.

  • Video – To view the archived presentation video, click here.


Open Discussion

Questions, comments, problems, and fixes.


Due to the coronavirus (aka Covid-19) crisis, this meeting will not be meeting in person but will currently be done virtually using Zoom video communications architecture.

With Zoom we will implement the following security best practices:
  • Require a Password to Join This meeting will require a password to join the meeting. Information will be emailed via a campus internal lists, but if you are external and want to attend the meeting, please use the contact us form to receive details. Else, the archive of the meeting will be available 2-3 days after the live meeting.

    • Waiting Room When joining the meeting you will be placed in the Waiting Room by default and the hosts will give you access to the live meeting.

  • Miscellaneous We will also implement other settings and safeguards to secure the meeting.

Archive & Live Presentation(s)

  • A live broadcast of the presentations will be available from this web page.
  • Archives of the presentations will be available from this web page.
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